Frank Ocean Talks Early Album Release, Making of ‘channel ORANGE’

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has shied away from interviews, but he called into Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 this week to discuss all things channel ORANGE. While he didn’t address his coming out letter, the R&B sensation did speak about the project’s early release, renting a house in Beverly Hills to record, playing the album for some of his heroes, and his tour, which kicks off tonight in Seattle.

On releasing his album early: “It was actually the plan all along. I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch the Throne, preventing the leak by staggering digital and physical dates. I wanted all the promotional elements to follow the album, with the videos and the tour, and do everything after and let the music speak for itself.”

On his goal with this album: “I wanted to do things that I hadn’t done before structurally with songs. I wanted to go different places sonically that I haven’t gone before.”

On his recording sessions: Instead of paying $1,600/day to rent a studio, Ocean rented a mansion in Beverly Hills, but only ended up making three songs there—”Lost,” “Pyramids,” and “Analog 2″ featuring Tyler, the Creator. “I had the housekeeper daily. It was great, it was awesome,” laughed Frank.

On why he only collaborated with a few people: “It was important for me to do the project with a limited amount of people and I got the opportunity, which I value so greatly, to sit with some of my creative heroes and play them the songs in different stages of completion and get input and get feedback. I tried to make something that was true to what I heard in my head and true to what I thought the future should be for me music-wise.”

On touring: “I want to give the best show possible when I can and put myself in the position to just do my best. So if that means a lesser volume of appearances, then so be it. I’m in it for as long as I’m allowed to be. It’s not about let’s do a million things right now. It’s about let’s just do our best to do the best things right now.”

[Frank Ocean News]

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23 Comments

  1. chase

    he is a legend to me

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    Pow Reply:

    @chase, stfu

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    Tru Reply:

    @Pow, Damn someones mad. He isnt a legend but he damn sure has the ability to be one

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    Morgan Reply:

    @Pow, lol..u mad?

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    Basze Lineaj Reply:

    @Pow, Stay Mad

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  2. Meme

    Legend? Seriously now let’s not get carried away. But I am happy the album is doin so well with literally no promotion, meanwhile other big time artist (as Chris brown wad say) haves multiple tv performance, a gazillion singles and videos and still under perform. Small time niggas? Lol funny how the table turns

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  3. Miles

    I hope he makes vids for:
    Super Rich Kids with Earl
    Crack Rock
    Sweet Life
    and Golden Girl With Tyler

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    Miszi Reply:

    @Miles, Nice choices there, I would choose Lost over Golden Girl though.

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  4. Brass_knucklez

    Great music speaks for itself. This dude is a creative genius.

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  5. Brass_knucklez

    Can’t wait to see him perform in ATL on te 22nd.

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    _MEEET Reply:

    @Brass_knucklez, the shows that concert are sold out and i want to go so bad!!!

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    DRB Reply:

    @_MEEET, stub hub. You’ll pay a hundred bucks but if it’s worth it, you may find a few tickets there

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    Brass_knucklez Reply:

    @DRB, Yeah I checked every where. The ATL, DC, and PA shows are sold out. I’m blown ! If anyone is selling their ticket let me know. I need 2. I’m not paying 200 bucks tho. It’s not that deep.lol

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    Brass_knucklez Reply:

    @Brass_knucklez, Or NY

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    Say word Reply:

    @_MEEET, I got my tickets early. You better rob somebody

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  6. SB

    great album. “Lost” might be my song of the year so far.

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    IV. Reply:

    @SB, Lost is the dopest cut on his album. I listen to that song first and then the rest of the album falls into place for me.

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    726J Reply:

    @SB, mannnnnnnnn! i totally agree! lost is my shit! u cant tell me shit when that comes on (i get my air guitar & 80s body roll on!)

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  7. Morgan

    Heard this yesterday. He’s dope! A true and rare talent.

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  8. TheDreamer

    The album is no doubt album of the year.

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  9. Basze Lineaj

    great interview

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